Australia tour of Sri Lanka, 1st T20I: Sri Lanka v Australia at Pallekele, Aug 6, 2011
Sri Lanka won by 35 runs
6 August 2011 - night match (20-over match)

Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, strays into the pads, and is clipped away for a single

Sri Lanka 2/0   TM Dilshan 1* (1b)

O'Keefe to Dilshan, no run, another arm ball, this one actually turned in, and hits him in the pad, but is also headed down the leg side

Sri Lanka 12/0   TM Dilshan 1* (2b)

Lee to Dilshan, no run, back of a length, on off, Dilshan plays with an open face, can't beat cover


Lee to Dilshan, 2 runs, this is short, there is no room, but Dilshan manages to cut it powerfully to third man, where a bad bounce results in a fumble for Johnson, and a second run


Lee to Dilshan, SIX, It's a harsh harsh game... This is a superb bouncer, quick, at the throat, Dilshan is late into the shot, but the top edge sails past the pulled-in boundary ropes behind fine leg


Lee to Dilshan, FOUR, Dilshan now rubs salt into the top-edged-six wound... what a top shot this, it's full, just outside off, the bat jams down on it with an open face, and it goes hurtling across, past point for four

Sri Lanka 26/1   TM Dilshan 13* (6b 1x4 1x6)

Johnson to Dilshan, 1 run, slightly slower delivery, pushed between mid-off and extra cover. A near collision between Johnson and Dilshan there. Dilshan is not happy, but it's the batsman's responsibility to run around the bowler

Sri Lanka 28/1   TM Dilshan 14* (7b 1x4 1x6)

Hastings to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, angled into the pads, concedes a leg-bye


Hastings to Dilshan, 1 run, slower short ball, Dilshan is through the shot when it hits him in the ribs. Another leg-bye


Hastings to Dilshan, 1 run, another slower ball, full this time, and is placed in the covers

Sri Lanka 41/1   TM Dilshan 16* (10b 1x4 1x6)

Johnson to Dilshan, 1 run, full on off, driven with an open face, amazing how he manufactures room. A fumble from Watson at extra cover allows them the single


Johnson to Dilshan, 2 runs, on the pads, worked away into the on side


Johnson to Dilshan, no run, driven with an open face again, but can't beat cover-point

Sri Lanka 45/2   TM Dilshan 19* (13b 1x4 1x6)

O'Keefe to Dilshan, 1 run, risky single after hitting it straight to point, but Hussey's throw is wide, and Haddin has to try and flick it behind his back. A better throw, and Sanga was gone


O'Keefe to Dilshan, 1 run, charges at him and drives him down to long-off for one


O'Keefe to Dilshan, no run, Dilshan misses the sweep and is hit right in front of the stumps, but the extra bounce means there isn't even an appeal

Sri Lanka 51/2   TM Dilshan 21* (16b 1x4 1x6)

Hastings to Dilshan, FOUR, slower ball gone wrong, a delicious little full toss wide outside off, and he smashes it for four to extra cover


Hastings to Dilshan, 1 wide, another slower one gone wrong, a wide down the leg side, with the fine leg up!


Hastings to Dilshan, no run, good sharp offcutter, tucks Dilshan up, and he has to go back and keep the ball away from the stumps even as Sanga is charging for a single. He comes, nearly shakes hands with Dilshan, and makes it back safely


Hastings to Dilshan, 2 leg byes, pulls, beaten, it's either off the leading edge or off the pad, goes fine of third man, and they come back for the second


Hastings to Dilshan, FOUR, short, into the ribs, emphatically pulled away for four. Along the ground

Sri Lanka 63/2   TM Dilshan 29* (20b 3x4 1x6)

O'Keefe to Dilshan, no run, makes room, goes inside-out, finds extra cover... on the bounce


O'Keefe to Dilshan, 1 run, pushed quietly down to long-on

Sri Lanka 69/2   TM Dilshan 30* (22b 3x4 1x6)

Smith to Dilshan, no run, fullish legbreak, Dilshan looks to cut, and is beaten


Smith to Dilshan, no run, full, on the pads, Dilshan forces this to extra cover... another dot


Smith to Dilshan, 1 run, driven down the ground now, gets a single to long-off

Sri Lanka 72/2   TM Dilshan 31* (25b 3x4 1x6)

Watson to Dilshan, 1 leg bye, Dilshan tries the scoop first ball, but is hit in the shoulder, and still gets a leg-bye


Watson to Dilshan, no run, slower short ball, beats Dilshan's short-arm pull


Watson to Dilshan, no run, winds up for a big shot, the ball jags back in, Dilshan's bat comes down on it the last moment. And wait a moment. Watson lets the throw rip at Dilshan's face, he fends it off with his glove, and Australia appeal for a run-out/obstruction to fielders. Turned down, and rightly so. Dilshan never left his crease too. Poor form, Australia. It was clearly evasive action, and Dilshan never left the crease, leave alone intending a single


Watson to Dilshan, 1 run

Sri Lanka 79/2   TM Dilshan 32* (29b 3x4 1x6)

Watson to Dilshan, no run, driven on the up, but straight to cover


Watson to Dilshan, 1 run, another open-face drive, hit hard into ground, White has to stretch to get a hand to it. They take a single


Watson to Dilshan, 1 run, length ball around off, driven to long-off for one

Sri Lanka 96/3   TM Dilshan 34* (32b 3x4 1x6)

Smith to Dilshan, 1 run, cut away in front of square for one


Smith to Dilshan, 1 run, the powerful sweep from leg-stump line, gets just the single

Sri Lanka 105/3   TM Dilshan 36* (34b 3x4 1x6)

Watson to Dilshan, FOUR, Ahh the scoop. Like it is ice cream on Saturday evening. Splendid. He covers his head with his arms, and flicks it straight over the keeper's head


Watson to Dilshan, 1 run, pulled away to deep square leg

Sri Lanka 110/3   TM Dilshan 41* (36b 4x4 1x6)

Hastings to Dilshan, FOUR, slower short ball, gets the mistimed pull out of it, but it falls wide of the diving D Hussey at deep square leg


Hastings to Dilshan, 1 wide, the slower legcutter, starts well wide of off, and is called a wide as it beats the bat


Hastings to Dilshan, 2 runs, this is nearly a sweep, helped by the slower deliveries, opens up the front leg, gets down on a knee, and places this past midwicket


Hastings to Dilshan, FOUR, another slower ball, another sweep. Dilshan is playing Hastings like he would do a spinner. What a top shot, too, along the ground, and beats deep square. Fifty off 37 for Dilshan. Wild cheers, and why not?


Hastings to Dilshan, FOUR, this is a reverse-flick-cum-pull-cum-scoop. I don't know what to call this awesome shot. Dilshan is going for his scoop, sees a slower bouncer, turns the bat face around, and pulls this between the keeper and third man


Hastings to Dilshan, FOUR, this one is asking to be spanked, a tempting little full toss, and Dilshan flat-bats it to midwicket

Sri Lanka 137/3   TM Dilshan 59* (41b 8x4 1x6)

Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, full and around off, played with an open face - another 50-run partnership


Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, another full toss, Dilshan misses out too, gets a single to mid-off

Sri Lanka 146/3   TM Dilshan 61* (43b 8x4 1x6)

Watson to Dilshan, SIX, don't gape disbelievingly when you read this: Dilshan has slog-swept Watson for a six. Watson can't believe it either. Just brilliant premeditation and execution


Watson to Dilshan, FOUR, short ball, not much width, but Dilshan's wrists manufacture immense power on cut shots, and this has gone for four too


Watson to Dilshan, 1 run, full ball, Dilshan clears the front leg, and heaves this to long-on for one


Watson to Dilshan, FOUR, a perfectly respectable yorker, but Dilshan stabs at it, hard into the ground, and then over point for another four. This is some pasting


Watson to Dilshan, SIX, another slog-sweep! Low full toss, Dilshan's front leg gets out of the way, and he lofts this over midwicket. Wonder if Watson regrets that throw at Dilshan's face

Sri Lanka 172/3   TM Dilshan 82* (48b 10x4 3x6)

Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, can't do much with a yorker on middle and leg, he keeps it out, though, and steals a single


Lee to Dilshan, no run, full, fast, wide of off, Dilshan can't make contact with this one


Lee to Dilshan, 1 run, a perfect yorker at the base of leg stump. Dilshan keeps it out, and takes a single

Sri Lanka 178/3   TM Dilshan 84* (51b 10x4 3x6)

Johnson to Dilshan, no run, tries the scoop again, but is beaten by the slower bouncer. Called one for the over


Johnson to Dilshan, SIX, old-fashioned Twenty20 slog, helps that this is a length ball, and he opens up the stance to send it over long-on. Into the 90s now. Hmm


Johnson to Dilshan, SIX, This is absolute toying around with the bowling. Dilshan stands with an open stance, across the stumps, he wants to go over leg side, and a clue less Johnson serves up a gentle long hop, and is pulled out of sight


Johnson to Dilshan, FOUR, what a way to get to maiden Twenty20 international hundred, with the trademark scoop, it's not connected very well, but enough to clear fine leg. Dilshan leaps for joy, the crowd is going crazy, and everybody barring the Aussie fielders is loving it. White applauds too


Johnson to Dilshan, FOUR, another short ball, top-edged over midwicket, and somehow even this goes for four. Australia absolutely clueless


Johnson to Dilshan, no run, full, angled across him, beats the bat, Dilshan doesn't try the bye

Sri Lanka 198/3   TM Dilshan 104* (57b 12x4 5x6)





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